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Traditional Literature [clear filter]
Friday, October 12

4:00pm EDT

Never Too Old for a Makeover
The objective of this session is to show the relevance of the classics in today's society and ways to engage modern day students.  We have taken six classic pieces of literature and illustrated the relevance and high interest level.  We will provide practical activities and connections for each text.  Any middle or high school teacher should be able to take these ideas and apply any or all strands of Standards of Learning.  We will use electronic and hands on materials.  Participants will leave our session with a renewed appreciation for classic literature and its relevance to today, as well as practical ideas to immediately implement within their classrooms.  


Donna Ogle

English Teacher, Carroll County High School
I have a Master's Degree in English from Radford University and teach at Carroll County High School.

Sonya Redd

English Teacher, Carroll County High School
I have been teaching high school English for 18 years.  I have a Master's Degree in English from Radford University and teach at Carroll County High School.

Friday October 12, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Salon B 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017

4:00pm EDT

The Hate U Give and All American Boys: Multi-Genre Projects with a Focus on Theme and Voice
The Hate U Give and All American Boys: Multi-Genre Projects with a Focus on Theme and Voice

To show utilizing technology Literature-Based Multi-Genre Projects based on a High School English Methods Assignment in a graduate course. 
To model theme and voice in multi-genre writing
To lead a workshop in theme and voice in multi-genre writing
To create a multi-genre writing piece using theme and voice in writing

Format: Technology Presentation using the Internet and Doc Cam as well as a 15-minute writing workshop.

Activities: The presenters will ask the audience to write a personal multi-genre writing piece to connect with theme and voice in multi-genre writing.

Strands: Adolescent Literature, Writing, Multicultural

Audience: Middle, High School, and College Professors

Resources and Materials: Examples of Multi-Genre Projects based on novels such as
The Hate U Give, Beowulf, All American Boys, and Hamilton

What will participants get out of the session? Participants will leave the workshop with 
samples of literature-based multi-genre projects. Next, the presenters will lead a writing workshop focused on voice and theme in writing. How do you place your voice in your literature based multi-genre project? Examples of voice and theme in multi-genre writing will be highlighted.


Mary Beth Cancienne

Professor, James Madison University
Dr. Cancienne is a Professor of English Education in the Middle and Secondary Education Department in the College of Education. She teaches courses in high school English methods and accompanying high school practicum, Curriculum and Co-curriculum, Foundations of American Education... Read More →

Friday October 12, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Salon C 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017
Saturday, October 13

1:00pm EDT

The Monomyth Framework

It’s no surprise that in the age of standardized testing, standardized curriculum, and standardized instruction, students no longer see themselves in their education. Learning has been broken down and atomized in to bite sized bits that can be easily collected, quantified, and politicized. In a system that says results matter more than learning, we shouldn’t be surprised that students no longer excited to learn. 

We’ve forgotten why we learn in the first place: to better understand ourselves and our world, to find and cultivate our passions, to connect with each other, and most simply of all, because it's fun. There’s no shortage of philosophies, methods, tools, and tech at teacher’s disposal to combat the travails of modern education, but what’s missing is a clear, coherent framework to organize when, where, and how to use them. More importantly, it’s a framework that teachers can use regardless of content, level, or cultural context. It’s as universal as the human experience.

The Monomyth Framework is built around Joseph Campbell's Monomyth. Essentially, it's a thematic distillation of best practice pedagogy that provides a sequence and structure to a variety of current best practice methods. At its core, is the Mythic Question: a relatable, engaging question about the human experience that will inform the texts the students read, conversations they engage in, and information they explore over the course of the year.

It’s our hope that our framework will serve as the campfire we gather around to share our experiences—experiences that remind us that though our stories are unique, we are all the same.


-Introduce teachers to our thematic framework 
-Provide them with documents to start utilizing our framework in their own classroom
-Build a community of engaged participants who want to share how they've used, adapted, and innovated our framework so we can all build a better tool together long after our session has ended.


Part 1: Introduction to the Framework- My colleague and I will run through our framework with the group. (Time: 30 minutes) 

Part 2: Q&A- My colleague and I will field an general questions, thoughts, or comments about the framework. (Time: 15-20 minutes)

Part 3: Workshop- Educators break up in to grade level groups and see how they can use our framework to either structure their entire year or a single unit using our methodology. My colleague and I will walk around and facilitate learning. 

(If time allows, we would repeat the small group work/large group discussion process)

Intended Audiences: Secondary English Teachers

Resources we use: 
-Prezi Presentation of our Framework
-Hard copies of the "Unit at a Glance" graphic organizer
-Hard copies of "Year at a Glance"  graphic organizer

All attendees will have access to both hard and digital copies of our materials for use in their own classrooms as well as access to our planned website/community where they can connect to other teachers around Virginia (and beyond) to discuss their experiences with the framework.


Trevor Aleo

Teacher, Charles J. Colgan High School
Trevor Aleo is an English teacher in the D.C. suburbs. He received his Master of Arts in Teaching from James Madison University in 2014. He has a passion for innovative teaching practices, finding the intersection between pop-culture and pedagogy, and incessantly asking his kids... Read More →

Clare Gillespie

Teacher, Charles J. Colgan High School
Clare Gillespie is an educator in the DC Suburbs who has a passion for teaching, connecting, and innovating. Her high energy style and vivacious personality helps bring the content to life for both her students and colleagues.

Saturday October 13, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
Salon F 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017

2:00pm EDT

Pump Up the Volume! Using Music as an Effective Instructional Tool in the ELA classroom
Pump Up the Volume! is a session designed to demonstrate practical ways in which educators can spice up their daily activities and lessons using a diverse array of music! 

The format will run as a series of SOL aligned mini-lessons that incorporate music at every turn. Participants will see real examples of how music can be integrated into every aspect of an ELA lesson. There will be 5 mini-lessons that will last for 5-10 minutes a piece and will demonstrate how to incorporate music into an actual warm-up, grammar, vocabulary, reading, and writing lesson in a fun and engaging way. Though the session is presented in the form of a series of mini-lessons, each lesson will center around a particular educator friendly theme of "Increasing Student Engagement." 

Participants will be active participants in each mini-lesson through a question and answer format (from the presenter to participants) as well as a written component that will align with the purported "take-away" of each mini-lesson. At the end of the session, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and get ideas from the presenter and each other. Attendees will also be given a hand-out outlining websites where teachers can find and use music (legally) as well as more tried and true examples of how educators can incorporate music into their daily lessons.The mini-lessons and implementation strategies are appropriate for and can be suited to the needs of upper elementary through high school level students.


Robin Woodfolk

English Inclusion, Brookland Middle School/Henrico County Public Schools
I am a dedicated ELA educator with 10+ years of instructional experience on the secondary levels. I hold a B.A. in English from James Madison University and a M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University. I currently teacher 6th grade English at Brookland... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Salon C 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017

4:00pm EDT

Going Beyond the Core Curriculum
With heightened concerns regarding mental health in our society, many teachers are searching for ways to help our students (and ourselves!) find balance and develop healthy approaches to managing stress and anxiety. Over the past several years, I have reflected on a number of my own practices and have developed routines and activities that all work towards establishing a safe, welcoming classroom environment where students can develop and practice strategies for managing stress while also working on their reading, writing, and speaking skills. 
By incorporating supplemental day-of-the-week activities such as “Mindful Monday,” “Museday Tuesday,” and “Free Reading Friday” into the class routine, teachers can reflect even more on their practices and actually do more with seemingly less. We want to help students develop both a reading and a writing life, but we must also recognize that students need to be in a healthy place mentally and emotionally before they can focus on the skills we’re teaching. These 15-20 minute supplemental activities integrated in the classroom routine emphasize student choice, mindfulness, and reflection, while also promoting students’ well-being and confidence as well as classroom community. At the same time, they provide low-stakes opportunities for students to practice and strengthen skills.
I will provide research, strategies for implementation, and resources for teachers to use in their schools.Teachers will have the opportunity to reflect and consider their own variations on the routines and activities shared. Time will be provided for exploration and planning. Participants will leave the session with activities they can incorporate in their classrooms immediately as well as possibilities for making connections to current texts and concepts of study.  
The session is intended for high school ELA teachers of all levels. Participants should bring their laptops or other devices so they can explore resources, plan, and collaborate.


Jennifer Fulton

HS English teacher and Department Chair, Robinson Secondary School, FCPS
Jennifer Fulton serves as high school English Department Chair and teaches IB English Literature 1 and English 12 Honors at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Virginia. She earned her B.A. in English and Secondary Education from Mary Washington and her M.A. in English Literature... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Salon A 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017

4:00pm EDT

The participants will receive researched information about the FRAME and then actively create a sample to do with students. The FRAME can be used to help students become better writers and readers.

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Angela Moore

High School Member-At-Large, VATE
Angela Moore is a dedicated teacher, mother and wife. She is a native of Richmond, VA. She currently works for Richmond Public Schools.

Saturday October 13, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Salon F 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24017